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The Russian Federation 's Geostrategic Interests in the context of the formation of the New Geopolitical Architecture (1991-2016)


Author: Cebotari Svetlana
Degree:doctor habilitat of political Sciences
Speciality: 23.00.04 - Theory and History of International Relations and Global Development
Year:2017
Scientific consultant: Victor Saca
doctor habilitat, professor, Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University

Status

The thesis was presented on the 28 September, 2017 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.

Abstract

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Thesis

CZU 546.30-32:678.86(043.3)

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246 pages


Keywords

geopolitical architecture, geostrategic interest, international relations, international relations, international system, center of power, sovereignty, national interest, geopolitical space, Republic of Moldova

Summary

PhD Dissertation Structure: introduction, five chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography that consists of 511 works, 214 pages of the main text, annexes.

Field of study: Theory and methodology of international relations and diplomacy

The purpose of the thesis consists in investigation of the geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in the East- European space in the new geopolitical architecture, the research being conducted both in the East-European states and in the Republic of Moldova. The purpose of the study involves the following objectives: historiographical analysis of the geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in Western literature, and in the scientific literature of post-soviet space, including the Republic of Moldova; analysis of the theoretical and methodological aspects of the phenomenon geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in the context of the formation of a new geopolitical architecture; consideration of the correlation ,,geostrategic interests - geopolitical architecture"; definition of a ,,new geopolitical architecture of the East-European space"; analyzes of geostrategic interests of Russian Federation in the East-European space in the context of implementation of its foreign policy; identification of the relationship of interests of the Russian Federation in the East-European space in the context of geopolitical transformations; the identification of strategies for the implementation of geo-strategic interests of the Russian Federation in the East-European space, including the Republic of Moldova.

Scientific novelty and originality of thesis: the innovative character of the achieved results by synthesis lies in developing the definition of concepts: ,,geopolitical architecture’’, ,,geostrategic interest’’, and in the practical aspect they contribute to solving one of the major problem: the defining of new geopolitical architecture of East-European space in the Post-Cold War era, taking into consideration the actual structure attributes of the space as well as the geopolitical actors (in this case Russian Federation, USA, EU) with multidimensional and complex relations that are carried out vertically and horizontally.

The fundamentally new resultsobtained in the process of analyzing the geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in the East-European Space in the context of the formation of a new geopolitical architecture for the period 1991-2016, allowed to present sufficient conclusions and arguments in favor of creating a new scientific direction of the study of international relations in the Republic of Moldova. Еhe scientific novelty of the results consists in development of generalized definition of terms "geo-strategic interests" and "geopolitical architecture" that in the applied value contribute to the solution of important problems: identification of geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in the East-European Space. Also for the first time in the scientific literature was determined the relationship between "geostrategic interest-geopolitical architecture", and conducted the analysis of the evolution of a new geopolitical architecture in the East-European Space during the 1991-2016.

The theoretical value of the dissertation lies in the author elaboration and presentation of a complex methodological and theoretical framework and well-founded by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methodological issues in analytic epistemology plan to geostrategic interests and strategies of Russian Federation in Eastern European states, inclusively the Republic of Moldova. There are proposed the concept’s definitions: ,,geopolitical architecture’’and ,,geostrategic interest’’, also the interaction between ,,geostrategic interest- new geopolitical architecture’’ is argued in order to determine the Russian Federation’s interests in the East-European space.

Applied value of the work: the geostrategic interests of Russian Federation in the East European space that are achieved by hard and soft power in order to maintain influence in the neighboring states.

The implementation of scientific results: the work is elaborated at the Department of International Relations, the Faculty of International Relations, Political Sciences and Public Administration from Moldova State University, and was examined and debated at the Department of International Relations and at the Scientific Seminars at the Institute of Judicial and Political Sciences of Academy of Sciences and at Moldova State University. The results that have been obtained can be used by state agencies which are responsible for finding solutions to the conflict in the eastern districts of the Republic of Moldova and to achieve the European Integration of the Republic of Moldova.